Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Global Health Topic(s)

Global Health Policy, Nutrition, Poverty




Contact Information

234 Buttrick Hall
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-6050


Alma Paz Sanmiguel


Ph.D., M.A., Tulane University
B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Link to Website

Edward (Ted) Fischer Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Latin American Studies

Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. His recent work focuses on wellbeing, and what that means in the context of developing and well as developed countries. He has written or edited seven books, including  Broccoli and Desire and The Good Life. Fischer consults with WHO-Europe as an expert on wellbeing.  He also founded and directs the Mani+ project in Guatemala, which develops and produces treatments for chronic malnutrition. Fisher's work with VIGH includes multidimensional measures of poverty and health in Mozambique and a number of projects in Guatemala related to health and nutrition.

Research interests: nutrition, health and development, structural violence

Link to Dr. Fischer's website.